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State police cruiser crashes into Newport driver

NEWPORT — Two people were injured on Friday when a police cruiser crashed into another vehicle in Newport Center. Vermont State Police Cpl. Amy Leclair, 47, of Newport, was responding to an emergency call in a marked police cruiser with lights and sirens activated. As Leclair was leaving the village of Newport Center headed westbound,… Keep Reading


Sandy Hilliker receives Community Service Award

TROY — Community National Bank’s (CNB’s) Marketing Assistant Tia Drake recently presented Sandy Hilliker with the bank’s Community Service Award. The award was developed to recognize “unsung heroes” that make our communities better places to live, work and play. Hilliker has poured her heart and soul into helping the Newport Center Methodist Church thrive. She… Keep Reading


Police: 54-year-old man died while snowmobiling in Norton

NORTON — A 54-year-old man from New Hampshire died while snowmobiling in Norton on Wednesday. At around 4:15 p.m. police were notified of an ongoing incident on VAST Trail 105. Agents from US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) were flagged down and alerted to an unresponsive subject found on his snowmobile on the trail approximately… Keep Reading


Police investigating death in Norton

NORTON — Police are investigating the death of an 81-year-old man from Norton. On Tuesday night, police responded to a 911 call of an injured person at a residence located at 2298 Vermont Route 114. Police and EMT’s from Lyndon Rescue North found Leroy Patten, 81, dead inside the home from unknown causes. The 911… Keep Reading


Police arrest 26 Orleans County residents on drug charges

NEWPORT — A total of 26 people were arrested today in Orleans County for various offenses related to heroin and opiate trafficking. Police say the arrests stem from an ongoing investigation that took place over the course of seven months, when the Vermont Drug Task Force conducted multiple drug investigations focusing on heroin and opioids.… Keep Reading


Newport police to host public forum on local opioid crisis

NEWPORT — This Thursday, the Newport Police Department, along with Vermont State Police and the Vermont Intelligence Center, will host a forum to discuss the opioid crisis in Vermont this week. The forum will take place at 7:00 p.m. and will be held at North Country Union High School. The Newport Police Department is inviting… Keep Reading


DUI rollover crash in West Charleston

WEST CHARLESTON — A 26-year-old woman from Charleston was arrested for DUI after rolling her vehicle on Thursday night. At around 9:30 p.m. the Orleans County Sheriff’s Office responded to a single-vehicle rollover crash on Route 5A in West Charleston. Police identified the driver as Tyleigh Deslandes, and say she was out of the vehicle… Keep Reading


Icy conditions cause rollover crash on I-91 off-ramp

LYNDON — A 22-year-old driver from St. Johnsbury was involved in a rollover crash on I-91 this morning. At around 9:30 a.m. police were dispatched to the single-vehicle rollover on the exit 23 off-ramp of Interstate 91 north, in Lyndon. Police say they located a 2005 Dodge Durango, driven by Tshering Sherpa, 22, of St.… Keep Reading

Essex County/Lewis

Woman killed after snowmobile crash in Essex County

LEWIS — A 37-year-old woman was killed in a snowmobile accident that took place in Essex County over the weekend. On Sunday, police and the Brighton Fire Department responded to a report of a single snowmobile accident on VAST trail 114A near the intersection of VAST 294, in the town of Lewis. The operator of… Keep Reading


North Country Hospital earns ACR accreditation

NEWPORT — North Country Hospital has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). MRI is a noninvasive medical test that utilizes magnetic fields to produce anatomical images of internal body parts to help physicians diagnose and… Keep Reading


Irasburg selectboard defines position on ridgeline industrial wind

IRASBURG — Faced with the prospect of an application by developer David Blittersdorf for an industrial-scale wind project on Irasburg’s Kidder Hill ridgeline, the Irasburg selectboard has defined its position on the siting of renewable energy projects within the town, as well as turbines located over the town line in Lowell. “Energy projects in Irasburg… Keep Reading


Police: Thieves busted stealing from MAC Center

NEWPORT — The Newport Police Department has cited three people from West Burke for their involvement in an alleged retail theft that occurred back in December of 2016. Michael Peccolo, 45, was charged with retail theft. Karen Peccolo, 45, and Sharon Ash, 70, were charged with accessory before the fact. On Saturday, Newport Police learned… Keep Reading


Truck stuck on Lake Memphremagog, driver rescued

DERBY LINE — A 58-year-old man had to be rescued on Lake Memphremagog last night after fearing his truck was going to fall through the ice near the Canadian border. At around 7:30 p.m. police were notified of the incident and coordinated with the Derby Line Fire Department and Fish and Wildlife to manage the… Keep Reading


Couple donates Lowell land to Vermont Land Trust

LOWELL — Jeannie and John Panner generously donated 197 acres in Lowell to the Vermont Land Trust. The land is located on both sides of Route 58. The mostly forested property has long views of Hazen’s Notch and Haystack Mountain across a 55-acre wetland. The Panners’ love of the land runs deep and protecting its… Keep Reading


Newport City Elementary School celebrates young walkers

NEWPORT — Newport City Elementary School students have been walking to school the first Wednesday of every month.  This is the third year the school has participated in this national Safe Routes to School program. Each time a student walks, a portion of walking the Long Trail is calculated.  This month they are celebrating Mrs.… Keep Reading


Five homes broken into, vandalized in Norton

NORTON — Police are investigating a series of break-ins that took place in Norton earlier this month. Police say last week they received a call from a caretaker of several homes on Lake View Road. The caretaker advised that at least five homes had received damage and someone had entered inside. Sgt Michael LaCourse met… Keep Reading

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